India’s Citizenship Act: Indian police announced that 9 people were killed during clashes between demonstrators and police forces in the north of the country, raising the total death toll from the protests against the citizenship law changes across the country to 23 people.
The European news channel “Euro news”, Sunday, quoted a spokesman for the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Praveen Kumar as saying that the nine deaths raised the death toll of the protests against the Citizenship Act in the state to 15, adding that the majority of the dead are young people.
The Indian spokesman added that some dead were killed by gunshot wounds, but the police did not fire them, as the police forces used only tear gas to intimidate the angry crowd, he claimed.
It is noteworthy that, the new law allows Hindus, Christians and some other religious minorities, non-Muslims present in India, illegally, to become citizens if they prove that they are persecuted because of religion in three Muslim-majority countries namely Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
An Indian tweeted the brutalities of state police, the video shows the police beat an innocent man in the market area of Aurangabaad.
— Farhin Fatmi (@FatmiFarhin) December 21, 2019
Critics of the Citizenship Act see it as a violation of India’s secular constitution, describing it as the latest attempt by the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to marginalize the 200 million Indian Muslims; and what Modi denied.